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CACI says it's immune from Iraq torture lawsuits

David Dishneau, The Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Defense contractor CACI (KA'-kee) is claiming immunity from lawsuits alleging torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, saying it was doing the U.S. government's work as a supplier of interrogators.

CACI International and a sister company, CACI Premier Technology, say in court documents that they'll employ that defense in a dismissal motion they plan to file next week in federal court in northern Virginia.

Eleven U.S. soldiers were convicted of breaking military laws in the Abu Ghraib scandal.

CACI and another contractor, L-3 Communications, are accused in separate lawsuits of a conspiracy to torture detainees in 2003 and 2004.

The case against L-3 is pending in federal court in Maryland, but L-3 wants it moved to the same court as the CACI case.

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